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Its beautifully constructed, plush and thick fleece cushion. Cosy, safe and adaptable through the seasons with that zip off top!
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
I love my cats, so I was doubly delighted to get the chance to review this cat 'pod' and eagerly awaited its arrival. I wasn't sure what to expect as product pictures can oftentimes be misleading about a products quality, but I had no need to worry here. This is exceptional quality, the type I would expect to see in good pet shops. I've also no idea how much it will sell for here as at the time of writing my review, its currently unavailable! I'd guess looking at the quality though and the thickness and quality of the internal cushion, it will probably retail at around thirty to forty pounds and I would happily pay that price too, should I have seen this in a pet store and handled it for myself.
It arrived very well packed and separated into two halves, basically the 'pod' was unzipped and the top was inside the base. It did take me a good ten minutes fiddling to get the zip connected, its just awkward getting the two zip pulls connected as you are handling a huge top part of the pod whilst doing it. I persevered though and soon it was transformed into a gorgeous cat pod! The cushion is so thick and plush I wished I was a cat and could sneak in there to curl up for a kip. I shouted my babies and watched as they sniffed the new arrival where I had placed it in the living room.
I had earmarked this for Molly as Nash already had a cat bed but as I expected Molly wasn't interested. She has always preferred my bed and curling up with me. Nash though, he's an expert on checking the comfort of cat beds. He took it and when Molly tried to get a look in just to check it out later that first day he swatted her LOL. The only disappointment about Nash claiming this is that he's jet black and when I was taking photos of him sound asleep in his new pod, I wished he had Molly's marmalade colouring. Ah well, hope you can see him inside it fast asleep and as happy as I always wish him to be.
Now the fact that this is Nash proves a serious point about this pod. He's rather huge! in fact at his last vets annual check up it was mentioned that he could possibly benefit from losing a few pounds. He's a strapping cat! so if you are worried your furry friend won't fit inside this, don't concern yourself. If Nash can get in this comfortably, loves it and sleeps curled up inside it as he does, it should fit your cat more than adequately.
The quality is phenomenal. Its sturdy whilst also having 'give ' in the body of the pod. The zip fastens the two sections together perfectly, to the point that you wouldn't know it was joined together unless you see the zip pull at the back when its joined. I requested the BROWN when offered my review sample and its just perfect! It resides permanently on my living room floor not far from the multi fuel stove and Nash spends most of his life inside it, when he's not eating or visiting his cat litter. Its a sure winner in this house and Nash is almost as fussy with stuff as I am. Hubby says we are all spoilt. I beg to differ. Nash just has standards, like I do 🙂
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
That cushion! Its wonderful. So thick and plush and the first time Nash peeked inside it, he kept his back legs out, his front legs, main part of his body and his head inside. He started treading the cushion within seconds!!! Then purring and then climbed in. I whooped with delight! I loved it, but you know what cats can be like. You buy them a gorgeous bed thats cost you a fair bit and they prefer the box it arrived in. Annoying little devils they can be, but thankfully Nash loves this.
I can't rate it highly enough though. If I thought Molly would get in one, I would buy another to go along with my review sample, I'm that impressed with it. But I know no cat bed would entice her.
I am pretty sure you will be delighted with this. I didn't have any aroma that was off-putting when it arrived like another reviewer has mentioned. And quite frankly, if it had smelt unpleasant in any way, Nash wouldn't have been inside it treading that cushion like a cat possessed had it smelt bad. It just smelt like a new cat bed does, of nothing in particular.
I would give this 10 stars if I could and feel very privileged to have been offered it for review. I would buy this in a heartbeat and highly recommend it to all cat lovers out there.
Should I ever get a new kitten in the future, this is the cat bed I would buy because a kitten can grow into it over the years and its construction is so good it will last many, many years in my opinion. In the summer you can 'unzip' and stash that top section in a cupboard for the warmer months, leaving a delightful cat bed for your precious one. Come the dark and cold seasons, zip it back on to create that warm, safe, private and cosy pod space for them. Its just perfect 🙂
The soft and exceedingly plush inner cushion is removable and washable, but washing will be needed to a minimum if you keep on top of cat hair with the use of a hair removal mitt like I use. It cost me less than a fiver and removes hair so thoroughly it looks like its been washed. Much better than kicking your kitty out of their pod for a day whilst you wash the cushion. Cats don't like being evicted from their favourite bed.
The body of the pod is crafted from exceedingly hardwearing Oxford Polyester. This is a premium cat pod. Molly often stands on top of it swatting her paws down into Nash inside it as it annoys her that he loves it I think. Cats! It takes her weight happily with no distortion to the shape.
Its built beautifully. Its cosy, its safe and that cushion, is so wonderfully made and thick and comfortable. I honestly cannot find a single thing to moan about.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|